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Economics and Moral Philosophy

Sep 10, 2012 Comments Off on Economics and Moral Philosophy
In this talk given to the Cafe Economique in Nottingham on August 30 Brian Davey takes us on a lightning tour of economic thought from the ancient Greeks onwards, describing the increasingly shaky relationship between economics and moral philosophy.
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Report from the McPlanet conference

May 07, 2012 2 Comments
Broken promises and naive expectations - that's how many people at the McPlanet Conference held recently in Berlin clearly felt about the last two decades of global environmental policy. They believe that an imperfect-but-better alternative exists: protecting and enhancing the commons and community-based protection of biological resources worldwide, including in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa where land-grabbing is currently rife.
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Comment on Busy doing nothing – seven reasons for humanity’s inertia in the face of critical threats and how we might remove them by Brian Davey

Feb 02, 2012 Comments Off on Comment on Busy doing nothing – seven reasons for humanity’s inertia in the face of critical threats and how we might remove them by Brian Davey
I'm not sure why I am critised at the beginning of this comment. The evolutionary psychology, if such it is, was by Mark Rutledge. I made clear that I had differences with him.
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Why bringing the bankers to heel is so important…

Dec 14, 2011 Comments Off on Why bringing the bankers to heel is so important…
There are really three dimensions to the current crisis: the banking and finance dimension of elite fraud; a crisis of uneven development accentuated by competition that has reached outer limits; and a limits to growth crisis. Action to clear up any one of these problems will not succeed without our working on the others as well.
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Debt cancellation without chaos – a programme for the Occupy movement?

Oct 16, 2011 11 Comments
The Occupy movement needs some clear, simple ideas to champion. Debt cancellation is a clear, simple idea - but how can it be done in a way that is not chaotic and is fair to all, eg to the people who were never in debt anyway? And can it help us to start to work on our "ecological debts" too?
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Economics is not a social science

Oct 05, 2011 8 Comments
In this article Brian Davey explains the rationale for setting up a group called "Cafe Economique" in Nottingham. Following a similar group in Leeds a Nottingham group has been set up, one of whose aims is to give non-economists the confidence to participate in economic discussions. It is high time that non-economists feel able to challenge the baloney that most economists preach and are armed with the ideas that will allow them to do so. In this piece, Brian attacks the status claim that economics makes when it describes itself as a "social science".
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Growing people not economies

Sep 13, 2011 2 Comments
In this article I argue that theories are often used as justification to push people around and to bully them - particularly economic theories. If the future is one where we "grow people" rather than "growing economies" we need very different kinds of arrangements and skills - and we should start in our own movement.
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Blaming the bankers? Understanding mass perceptions and mass emotions

Aug 12, 2011 4 Comments
This article is not primarily about economics. It is meant to be more philosophical, but philosophical in a sense that has political and economic implications for action. As the markets plunge and economic turmoil engulfs the global economy I've noticed that amid the many interpretations, there are quite different attitudes to what is going on in regard to the propensity to explain or to blame. I have described these two attitudes perhaps in an exaggerated form to bring out their differences.
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Money Theory – A Primer on the Issues

Jul 05, 2011 2 Comments
The group organising the newly formed 'Cafe Economique' in Nottingham wanted an introduction to basic money theory for their first public event on Thursday 30th June and this article, written by Feasta member Brian Davey, was the result. The extended version of the talk, with notes on sources and for further reading, relates basic concepts to what is happening in the world right now, inclusive of the Greek financial crisis, and what should be done about it.
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Greenhouse-gas emissions from energy use in the water sector

Jun 28, 2011 Comments Off on Greenhouse-gas emissions from energy use in the water sector
The availability of fresh water and the energy use associated with it, particularly in agriculture, is not thought about much in Britain and Ireland. Nevertheless it is a major issue - as a recent paper by two academics at the University of East Anglia demonstrates.
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What could a post-growth society look like and how should we prepare for it?

Jun 10, 2011 4 Comments
This was the theme of a massive congress held in Berlin last month. Brian Davey attended it and has written a report for Feasta in which he describes the role played by Attac and the Decroissance movement, Vandana Shiva's critique of economic growth in India, the vision of "Buen Vivir" put forward by representatives of indigenous communities of Latin America and the new relationship being forged between the greens and the left in Europe.
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